New members named to the real estate council
October 13, 2016
BY Kevin Zakreski
Yesterday the Minister of Finance for British Columbia announced the appointment of nine new members to the Real Estate Council of British Columbia.
Among the appointments is a new council chair:
Robert D. Holmes is appointed as chair of the council. Holmes brings a wealth of legal expertise to the council, having worked as a litigation and arbitration lawyer for more than 32 years. He also served as president of the Trial Lawyers Association of B.C., president of the BC Civil Liberties Association and on provincial council of the B.C. Branch of the Canadian Bar Association.
Names and brief biographies of the other new members may be found in a backgrounder accompanying the announcement. The government plans to make a second set of appointments at a later date.
The real estate council’s mandate is to “regulate real estate in British Columbia in the public interest, by licensing more than 22 000 individuals and brokerages engaged in real estate sales, rental property and strata management, enforcing standards of conduct, investigating complaints from the public against licensees, and imposing disciplinary sanctions under the Real Estate Services Act.” Its role has been evolving, as government has brought in changes over the past few months, and sees the council “now [as] one part of a broader system of organizations responsible for supervising the real estate industry.”